Town back Wise move

JIM Magilton has backed rival championship boss Dennis Wise to revitalise a flagging Leeds United. The Blues entertain third from bottom Leeds at Portman Road tomorrow.

By Derek Davis

JIM Magilton has backed rival championship boss Dennis Wise to revitalise a flagging Leeds United. The Blues entertain third from bottom Leeds at Portman Road tomorrow.

“Leeds are a big club and it is a big job there. Clearly Ken Bates knows Dennis Wise and Gus Poyet very well and I wish them every success in turning their fortunes around, starting after Saturday.

“They have been going through a difficult time, but they have the players and the squad to turn it around.” The game will be played on a snaking new pitch that was laid last weekend and has bedded in nicely.


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Town players yesterday got a feel for the new turf, imported from Holland, and Magilton is confident they will benefit psychologically from the new surface. He said: “We trained a little on pitch on Thursday and I'm delighted we were able to do that. It eliminates another excuse, although in fairness to the players no-one here has used that as an excuse at all.

“The pitch is usually pristine so it was a bit of a problem this season and it has been acted upon. As much as we have not made excuses, a new pitch is always exciting. It is like starting the season. They will go on to it with no fear of any bobbles or anything like that again.”

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